So you’re ready to launch or grow your podcast, but you’re not sure what podcasting tools you’ll need to make it a success. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
To make things easier for you, I put together this list of the top podcasting tools I recommend to my clients. Here’s your ultimate guide for podcast tools to help you start and grow your show.
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1. Microphone – Q2U USB/XLR
Having the right equipment is important and makes your podcast sound professional. Dynamic microphones are great for podcasting because they minimize background noise and give your voice a richer sound. My favorite is the Samson Technologies Q2U USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone. It’s a great starter mic and can grow with your show.
Runner-up – Audio Technica ATR-2100
2. Headphones – Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
You’ll need headphones for both recording and editing your show. Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Professional Studio Monitor Headphones are affordable and offer amazing sound quality. They’re hands down my favorite for when I’m editing a big project because they’re so comfortable.
Side Note! People always ask if it’s necessary to wear headphones while recording and the answer is YES! Headphones minimize noise and feedback that can be picked up by the microphone. Both you and your guests should wear headphones during interviews to ensure that your audio is as clean and professional as possible. When you and your guest don’t wear headphones, you’re at risk of your microphone picking up the audio from the other person as you record. Guests don’t need fancy headphones, any pair will block out background noise.
3. Hosting Platform – Libsyn
When it comes to podcast hosting, Libsyn is my top recommendation for anyone serious about making their podcast a success. Libsyn is an all-in-one platform that allows you to upload your content, manage it, and then distribute it easily to multiple platforms including apple podcasts. It also offers helpful analytics so you can track how well your episodes are doing. This podcast host has been around for a long time and is a trusted platform by many professional podcasters. They have packages to fit any budget.
Runner-up – Buzzsprout
4. Recording/Editing Audio – Audacity
I use Audacity almost every day. It’s easy to use and the best part is it’s FREE! With this audio software, you’re able to record and edit your podcast episodes. You can add intro/outro, music, sound effects, and other audio elements to your show in this digital audio workstation (DAW). There are also LOTS of videos on YouTube to help you learn the basics and troubleshoot any issues.
Runner-up – Descript
5. Remote recording – Zencastr or Zoom
Zencastr and Zoom are two popular options for remote podcast recording software. If you’re looking for better audio quality choose Zencastr. If you’re looking for an interface most of your guests will already be comfortable using go with Zoom. Both Zencastr and Zoom offer free plans and paid options as well.
6. Graphics/Audiograms – Canva/Wavve
Canva is my favorite tool for creating social media images, podcast covers, and other graphics for clients’ podcasts. It’s a user-friendly design platform that allows you to make stunning visuals without needing to be a professional designer. Canva is the perfect tool to turn your ideas into beautiful designs including cover art and social media graphics – no Photoshop skills required!
If you want to make stunning audiograms from snippets of your podcast, be sure to check out Wavve. These short video clips are perfect for social media.
7. Transcripts –Otter.ai
Otter.ai makes it simple to turn your audio into text. Not only is this great to ensure your podcast is accessible and inclusive, but it’s also helpful for SEO purposes. You can use the transcripts as show notes or blog posts. They’re also helpful for pulling quotes for social media graphics. I recommend Otter.ai because it’s easy to use and creates transcripts really fast.
Runner-up – Rev
8. Project Management – Trello
Trello is an online project management tool that allows you to create boards and tasks so everything is organized and easy to find. You can access it from any computer or device, which makes it perfect for collaborating with your team or guests. I manage not only my business with Trello, but my entire life. I have a Trello board for pretty much everything!
Runner-up – ClickUp
9. Scheduling – Calendly
Tired of emailing back and forth with guests to find a time that works for both of you? Use Calendly! With this tool, you can create custom links for guests to schedule their interviews. It’s easy to customize and it syncs with your calendar so all of your events are in one place.
Runner-up – Acuity
10. Storage – Google Drive
You’re going to need a place to store and organize all of your files. That’s where Google Drive comes in. It works perfectly as a cloud storage system for backing up all of your audio recordings, transcripts, show notes, and more. All you need is a Gmail account to get started with Google Drive.
Runner-up – DropBox
11. Podcast Website – WordPress
WordPress is my favorite platform for creating any type of website, including podcasts. It’s completely customizable and you can create a beautiful website without coding. WordPress also offers tons of plugins that make it easier to customize your site and make it look professional. There is definitely a learning curve with WordPress but it offers more freedom than other website platforms. If you’re not tech-savvy, check out the PodPage for a simple website solution.
Runner-up – Podpage
12. Email Marketing – MailerLite
Email marketing is a powerful way to build relationships with your listeners and make sure they always know what’s going on. MailerLite is my tool of choice for email campaigns. It’s easy to use, even if you’re just starting out. You can create beautiful customized emails, segment your lists, and track engagement all in one place.
Runner-up – Convertkit
13. Private Podcast Feed – Hello Audio
There are lots of reasons you might create a private podcast, including providing exclusive content only available to members. Hello Audio makes it easy to set up a private podcast feed for your members and keep it secure.
Runner-up – Captivate
The Best Podcasting Tools to Start and Grow Your Podcast
Podcasts are a great way to share your message with the world. With the right tools, you can easily create engaging content and build your audience quickly. Whether you’re just starting out or have been podcasting for a while, these tools are sure to help you take your podcast to the next level.
I hope you enjoy this list of useful podcasting tools to help you launch and market your podcast. If I missed your favorite tool, send me a DM on Instagram @TheChristinaODonnell with the name of it. I’m always excited to try out new things that can help me improve the quality and efficiency of my work as a Podcast Manager. Happy Podcasting!